Across Los Angeles, people rely on Uber as a convenient way to get around. When you get into an Uber, you expect to have a worry-free ride. You expect to have a safe ride. No one expects an easy rideshare to turn into a nightmare after a serious crash. When you are hurt in an Uber accident, you have a right to demand full compensation for any injuries and losses you suffer. Unfortunately, the liability of Uber can quickly become a complex legal issue. If you have been injured in an accident with a rideshare vehicle, get help from an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer now.
At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we have more than 40 years of experience and a proven track record of successful settlements and verdicts for our clients. You can trust our legal team to aggressively pursue the full compensation you deserve after an Uber crash.
Contact Custodio & Dubey LLP today for a free case evaluation with a Los Angeles Uber accident attorney. Remember that when you choose us to represent you, you owe no fees until we recover compensation for you.
Who Is Responsible for Your Crash: Uber or the Driver?
Most companies are responsible for the negligence of their employees, but Uber is a little different. Uber states that it does not “employ” its drivers. Instead, the rideshare company says that its drivers are independent contractors. That distinction gives Uber limited liability for the car crashes that its drivers cause.
In most car accidents, when another driver is to blame for your crash, you pursue that driver for your damages. In many Uber accidents, that same rule applies, and the driver is held liable rather than Uber. There are a few situations where Uber might share responsibility for the accident. For example, if Uber violated state laws when hiring the driver who harmed you, you could sue the rideshare company for your damages.
Even though Uber is not liable in many crashes involving its drivers, the company does carry insurance to help accident victims in serious collisions. The amount of coverage available for an Uber accident depends on the circumstances of the crash. At a minimum, the Uber driver must be logged into the mobile application for Uber’s coverage to apply.
If the driver is not logged into the app, then only the personal auto insurance carried by the driver applies.
If the driver is waiting for a ride request, Uber provides $50,000 per person or $100,000 per incident of bodily injury liability coverage and $30,000 of property damage coverage.
If the driver has received a ride request and is driving to pick up a passenger, or if a passenger is in the vehicle, the coverage increases to $1 million of commercial insurance coverage. The company also provides $1 million of uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage when passengers are traveling in the Uber vehicle.
Your Los Angeles Uber collision attorney can advise you on how to submit your claim and what coverage applies based on the circumstances of your case.
Demanding Fair Compensation After an Uber Accidents
As with any motor vehicle accident, an Uber accident can leave you with serious and life-altering injuries. You may be entitled to seek compensation for damages you have incurred as a result of an accident that was not your fault. That compensation may cover:
- Medical expenses, including ER visits, surgeries, or other medical procedures
- Physical and occupational rehabilitation
- Mental health therapy
- Home health or personal care costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment or quality of life